‘Sleepy Hollow’ Trailer Updates the Headless Horseman for the 21st Century

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As it turns out, the story of the Headless Horseman told by Washington Irving was all wrong.

In the true tale of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane was an elite soldier tasked by General Washington to kill a fearsome masked killer among the British ranks. After completing his task, Crane died – only to be resurrected over two centuries later in modern-day New England. Now he must take on his similarly resurrected nemesis in a battle that will decide the fate of humanity.

Sleepy Hollow stars Nicole Beharie (Shame), Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), and John Cho (Star Trek Into Darkness). Sleepy Hollow is written in part by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers), and will be overseen by Len Wiseman (Total Recall).

Sleepy Hollow Trailer Sleepy Hollow Trailer Updates the Headless Horseman for the 21st Century

This first preview of Sleepy Hollow certainly grabs the attention with a series of increasingly big ideas and over the top images. The scene depicting the Headless Horseman strapped down with bandoliers and brandishing a machine gun seems to sum up the series’ philosophy – take a familiar story and go as crazy with it as possible. At the very least, Sleepy Hollow looks like it could be hugely id-pleasing fun.

The trailer for Sleepy Hollow doesn’t exactly indicate how the show will wring an entire season out of its concept – much less any seasons to come. Fortunately, the biggest concepts thrown around during the preview indicate that the series’ writers could expand the series to include other American (and even Biblical) stories into a larger narrative.

What do you think of the trailer, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.


Sleepy Hollow will premiere on Fox this fall.

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  1. Actually looks pretty entertaining. Reminds me of National Treasure for some odd reason.

    • For some odd reason? “Follow the clues laid down by the founding fathers.”
      HMM. I WONDER.

      Not really trying to be an a**hole, but I’m kind of bothered by how shallow this actually looks. Sure, maybe it will be wonderful, but this first preview did not do much to impress me.

  2. Len Wiseman? Oh boy, I think my anticipation just plummeted…

  3. This actually looks pretty cool, might look this up when it comes out. I wonder how they’re gonna extend the Sleepy Hollow story for an entire series though, I just sleepy hollow stays relevant through out.

    @ Draagyn yeah it reminded me of national treasure too, probably because of the music

  4. Did I just watch a trailer.. Or the whole movie?

    • It’s not a movie, it’s a TV show.

      • Okay. Did we just see the entire pilot show?

        • Season. We just watched the entire first season.

  5. Yknow, just the other day I said to myself,
    I said self,
    I wish there was a new sleepy hollow movie, a much cooler one not made by tim burton.
    Fast forward to 3 weeks later and I click on this article.

      • Tim Burton was good in my opinion.

        • eh….50/50.

        • Yeah, I’m a big fan of the Tim Burton movie.

      • @Cody The Cw is doing a old take of the original story of sleepy hollow

    • Burton’s movie is better than that crap. Hands down.

  6. Interesting

  7. It could extend to four seasons I guess. If each horsemen of the Apocalypse is a headless horseman.

  8. This gets seen.

  9. 4 seasons or 5 no problem i guess !
    They talked about the 4 riders of the apocalypse + 1 final season to wrap up the big bad behind them !

  10. Johnny Depp’s sleepy hollow was pretty good. Tim burton had done a good job.

  11. i think this will turn out like other fox shows; the 1st 3 episodes will be good, but ratings will decline because this just seems to be a very high concept show and people will lose interest. hopefully fox wont do a firefly and broadcast the shows out of order. it just seems that time traveling/fish out of water stories have been done to death. i did like the cap. america comment.

  12. Wow, this looks absolutely horrible.

  13. Looks like fun! I’m in!

  14. Bad ass. Awesome. Entertaining. Modernizing it was a great idea i must say. Classic tale in a new age. Pretty good cast, some familiar some new faces. I will give it a chance to keep me entertained. I’m assuming it’ll be coming around Halloween?

    The Burton, Depp thing was great and all. But they remake everything so at least its a series and not a new movie.

  15. Please TV people go back to the days of mini series and or short lived series.

    Take a story have a beginning middle and ending. Then just STOP. Dont drag it out for the money, or for the fans.

    Make a cohesive self contained story and thats it.

    Stuff like this could work if it was short lived.

    • +1

    • I like what the people behind American Horror Story are doing. Each so called season is a fresh story, which in terms has a beggining, middle and end.

      • As it should be in today’s fickle TV landscape. When every season could be a show’s last one they really should be self-contained without a gimmicky cliffhanger at the end. By the time a show returns from hiatus most people will have forgotten what the cliffhanger even was, so why bother?

      • That’s why I’m hoping that – like Spartacus – this show gets several seasons to tell its story instead of meandering for a couple of seasons until cancellation (or even worse, being cancelled midway through season one).

        Seems like a good concept and we’ve had some other modern day adaptions on the small screen in recent years, most notably the British and American retellings of classic Sherlock Holmes tales with Benedict Cumberpatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Why not Sleepy Hollow?

        Looks good anyway, I just hope it airs on Sky Atlantic over here and not FOX because otherwise, I won’t know when it would air unless I happen to be watching an old Family Guy or American Dad episode on FOX (although advertising on FOX centres mostly on The Cleveland Show, Dexter and The Walking Dead lately).

        Unless it airs around Halloween like someone else mentioned because that’s around the time AHS will return to FOX so two horror based shows debuting at the same time on the same channel would be cool.

        • If Sky ends up being the UK company that acquires the rights to this, I am sure the show would be aired on Sky1, not Sky Atlantic.

  16. This looks like a lot of fun. The four horsemen thing could be really cool.

  17. If this is the true tale of Ichabod Crane, I’m sorry; I find the well-known tale to be much more interesting, much like the take on The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.

  18. yeah that looks like fun! i’d watch it!

  19. This show includes everything there is wrong with American TV. What a load of crap. I’ll stick with BBC thank-you very much.

    • “Bates Motel”
      “The Walking Dead”

      Those are just a few of very well-made American shows. We have our share of good and bad

      • True. Lost and House were pretty good too.

    • The BBC makes and airs plenty of things far, far worse than this. As for the general type of programme that Sleepy Hollow appears to be, the BBC does stuff in the same genre — like the recently-ended Merlin. Sleepy Hollow will probably be better than Merlin.

  20. Is it weird that all I can think of after watching this preview is that I really want a 7-up?

  21. The dialog was underwhelming and those jokes were flat.

  22. yeah…. so what did they leave out of the trailer because I feel like I just watched the whole first 2 seasons….

  23. The four horseman aspect sounds cool, but modernizing it is dumb imo. Just trying to compete with once upon a time.

  24. Looks like s*** looks like new robocop pg13.

  25. Uggg the one liners were terrible which completely turned me off from wanting to even see this.

  26. Man this looks like a cool show. I love the revolutionary war period so to have some scenes of that in the show will be awesome. I liked the visual tone of the trailer too and the actor playing Crane seems to be very enteratining. Ill be watching this unless it totally sucks. I also like the little bit of humor. I hope this show succeeds. Other than the humor, it looks like a very dark and mature concept and more serious tone with history and biblical references involved. I dont think the CSI crowd will be interested. I also hope they follow a more serialized format with an over arching plot

  27. I’m not sure about this. If the *entire* show/first season is simply tracking down this one guy/zombie/horseman, then it could get old fast. I’m not sure how many ‘I’m from the eighteenth century!’ jokes involving ‘hilarious’ politically incorrect statements and lack of popular culture knowledge I can take. Also, it’s probably going to have a *lot* of references to The Revolutionary War, alienating the rest of the world that don’t study that stuff obligatorily at school.

  28. I don’t know about the story-line here, but the cinematography looks amazing.

  29. Len Wiseman?

    Using my amazing powers of clairvoyance I predict Kate Beckinsale will be one of the stars headlining this project.

    • As hilarious as that would be, I don’t think it’ll happen. She’ll probably be busy with her husband’s reboot of The Mummy. No casting has been announced as far as I know, but come on…